LONDON (Reuters) - Visiting U.S. President Donald Trump held a news conference on Friday after talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May.
Earlier, in a combative newspaper interview, Trump had delivered a withering verdict on May’s Brexit strategy, criticized London mayor Sadiq Khan and tipped Boris Johnson, who resigned this week, as a future British leader.
Following are highlights from the news conference:
PM MAY ON RUSSIA, AND US-UK TRADE DEAL
“On Russia, I thanked President Trump for his support in responding to the appalling use of a nerve agent in Salisbury.”
“We agreed today that as the UK leaves the European Union we will pursue an ambitious U.S.-UK free trade agreement. The chequers agreement reached last week provides the platform for Donald and me to pursue an ambitious deal that works for both countries right across our economies.”
“For generations our predecessors have gathered at this stunning retreat to strengthen a bond that is like no other. The relationship between our two nations is indispensable because of liberty, justice and peace.”
PM MAY ON TRANSATLANTIC TIES
“It is all of our responsibility to ensure the transatlantic community endures, for it has been fundamental to the protection and projection of our interests and values for generations.”
“I am confident that this transatlantic alliance will continue to be the bedrock of our shared security and prosperity for years to come.”
PRESIDENT TRUMP ON TRADE, BREXIT
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“I also want to thank Prime Minister May for pursuing fair and reciprocal trade with the United States. Once the Brexit process is concluded and perhaps the UK has left the EU, I don’t know what they’re going to do but whatever you do is OK with me, that’s your decision.
“Whatever you do is OK with us, just make sure we can trade together, that’s all that matters. The United States looks forward to finalizing a great bilateral trade agreement with the United Kingdom. This is an incredible opportunity for our two countries and we will seize it fully.”
ON SUN NEWSPAPER INTERVIEW
“I didn’t criticize the Prime Minister, I’ve a lot of respect for the Prime Minister.”
“Unfortunately, there was a story that was done which was generally fine but it didn’t put in what I said about the Prime Minister and I said a tremendous thing.”
ON IRAN, NORTH KOREA
“We discussed a range of priorities including stopping nuclear proliferation. I thanked (May) for her partnership in our pursuit of a nuclear-free North Korea. We both agreed that Iran must never possess a nuclear weapon.”
(Compiled by Hugh Lawson)